We finally got our copy of My Mother’s Wildest Dream and it was worth the wait. Beautifully told by Author/Librarian Mr. John Light this story shares examples of the generational lineage of the Black family’s love, hopes, and dreams.
Beautifully illustrated by Monica Mikai, this book mirrors many relatable moments shared with family.
As we head into Black History Month and Valentine’s Day, this book is a great read-aloud showing Black Love, family love, and the hopes and dreams of family for the youth.
Also, a beautiful story to share for Mother’s Day!
Pick up your copy at your local library, bookstore, or online to read aloud and share this beautiful story.
As we celebrate family & food today, We Are Here Lit! recommends the new title Soul Food Sunday, by author Winsome Bingham, and illustrator C. G. Esperanza, as a book AND the streaming video.
This story celebrates the Black tradition and culture of Soul Food Sunday. One of the young grandchildren helps Granny prepare the meal. This story feels like home.
Benefits of using streaming read-alouds, in moderation, include:
-Enhanced “comprehension and retention of information”
-Support for “multi-modal” learning.
-Appeals to multiple learning preferences.
-Helps students to understand complex information.
-Develops digital literacies.
The read-aloud captions helps:
-For students who are learning English, captioned media can help improve vocabulary acquisition, listening comprehension, and word recognition and decoding skills
-For students who are struggling readers, seeing and hearing unfamiliar words can help improve their understanding of the material and important vocabulary words
-Can be motivating for your students.
Several studies (e.g., Bowe & Kaufman, 2001; Evmenova, 2008; Linebarger, 2001; Rickelman, Henk, & Layton, 1991) indicate that captioning and subtitles can help strengthen the following reading skills of students with learning disabilities, ELLs, and struggling or beginning readers:
-Reading speed and fluency
-Oral reading rates
Source: Reading Rockets
Pick up a print copy at your local bookstore or library. And check out the streaming video of the book through library
e-book services like Overdirve.
Ask your local librarian if you have access!
As we head into the holiday, we want to share family love with two intergenerational titles showing the special relationship between a Grandfather and Grandson.
The first is TIme for Bed, old House written by Janet Costa Bates and illustrated by AG Ford. This story shares how Grandpop eases Isaac's bedtime fears. Grandpop puts the old house to sleep and explains away the bedtime noises that give Isaac some concern.
The Remember Balloons written by Jessie Oliveros and illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte, is a story of James who struggles with his Grandpa's memory loss. The baloons hold their special memories. James learns to carry on the memories and ballons they both share.
A clever and endearing story of Noah, who is anxiously waiting to go sailing and seal watching with Nana. While waiting for his Nana, he does what most children at the beach do dig in the sand. He sculpts, imagines, and builds a speckled seal.
As a storm rolls in Noah takes cover, as his new sand friend braves the storm. What happens to the seal in the storm? Author Layn Marlow provides an imaginative mystery and a wonderful opportunity for young readers to create their point of view about Noah's seal.
One of the highlights of this book is seeing a young child of color play, imagine, and sail. This multigenerational story's colorful and beautiful illustrations provide a perfect day-in-the-life experience.
Especially suited to Pre-1 read-aloud, and independent elementary readers.
Pair this book with informational texts about seals to learn more about spotted, Harbor and the many other types of seals, their habitats, and other interesting facts.
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